Movie: Nine Months
Release Date: July 14, 1995
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold, Joan Cusack, Jeff Goldblum, Robin Williams.
Tag Lines: “Ready or Not.”
Relevance: I saw ‘Nine Months’ in theaters in the summer of 1995. I was already a fan of Hugh Grant, Robin Williams and Chris Columbus but seeing the trailer solidified that this was definitely a “go to the theater” kind of film. Sometimes a silly romantic comedy is all your soul really needs.
I saw the movie right around the time my wife (now ex-wife) suffered a miscarriage. For any woman that has to endure that pain, I both salute and console you. It is a terrible ordeal. Men have it easy physically, but emotionally it takes a toll on us as well. It’s that awkward conundrum when you need to be strong for someone else but at the same time just want to curl up and cry your eyes out. Somehow, like everything in life, you get over it and move on. But the scars and memories remain.
‘Nine Months’ was not adored by critics but it was a modest box office hit and was the perfect movie for my frame of mind at the time. Seeing a movie about the birth of a baby might sound a tad on the masochistic side after a miscarriage, but laughter heals, and I knew that Robin Williams alone would turn some tears into laughter and maybe some laughter into tears.
And that is exactly what Mr. Williams and the entire movie did. It made me laugh so hard I cried. Hugh Grant and the wonderful supporting cast made me smile, but Mr. Williams steals every scene that he is in as Dr. Kosevich. He is absolutely hysterical in the film. The last twenty minutes are absurd, ridiculous, farcical and just straight up funny. There was uproarious laughter in the theater and like they say, laughter heals. I left the theater a little bit lighter and a little bit more optimistic about life. Art truly does heal.
After the movie was released as a rental, I watched the film again with family. I laughed just as much as I did the first time. The pain of the miscarriage was a little more removed and the idea of starting a family again was starting to resurface. In fact, ten months later, my son was born. I always say that ‘Ten Months’ was its sequel. The marriage may not have worked out, but at least I have a bundle of joy to remind me that it wasn’t all that bad. ‘Nine Months’ has remained one of my favorite comedies to watch when all I want to do is forget about life and laugh.
Today’s Thoughts: I own the DVD of ‘Nine Months’ but have not watched it in at least ten years, possibly longer. I couldn’t wait to curl up on my couch and laugh along with it today.
And that is exactly what I did. The film is a bit dated, as is any film released twenty-five years ago, but good comedy is good comedy. The cast is really funny. I think Hugh Grant is charming and I really do enjoy his acting in it. I recently read that he did not like his performance in the film, saying:
“I really ruined it. And it was entirely my fault. I panicked, it was such a big jump up from what I’d been paid before to what they were offering me. And the scale was inhuman to my standards, you know the scale of the production, 20th Century Fox, the whole thing. And I just tried much too hard, and you know I forgot to do basic acting things, like mean it. So I pulled faces and overacted, it was a shocker.”
I still think he was pretty a-okay in it. His ensemble cast was superb. Julianne Moore, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Arnold and the always hysterical (why isn’t she in every movie) Joan Cusack are all delightful. And then there is Robin Williams. I get sad once in awhile when I realize he is no longer on this planet. He has caused so many belly laughs for me and his scenes in this movie are some of them. Again I say, the last twenty minutes of the movie are so over-the-top but oh so witty. I dare anyone watching them not to laugh at least once.
I have always been a fan of Chris Columbus films. This is his fourth film on my list of most influential movies of all time. (Check out 317. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 305. Adventures in Babysitting and 259. Home Alone for the first three.) He will show up again two more times later this year. “Nine Months’ may not be one that he is remembered for, but it is one of my favorites both for personal reasons and just simply for the laughs.
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